Marlborough Football Academy 2022


The Marlborough Football Academy is part of the Mainland Football / NZ Football Talent Development Programme, providing a regional hub for talent development. 

The academy complements existing club and school football programmes by adding focused training hours with specialist coaching / development for players.

The Academy will run through the season, with trials in March and the first training starting in April, through to the end of the winter season/mid September, and includes entry in to a Sth Island Representative/Academy Tournament as the 'Marlborough' team, and 4x scheduled Academy Game Days v Nelson Academies.


*UPDATE 28th Feb 2022 - As per correspondance that has gone out to all clubs and previous players on 28/2/22 - The Marlborough Football Academy Trials are ON HOLD at the moment until more changes are made regarding use of my vaccine passports and low number gatherings.

Please contact Marlborough Football direct if you require more information.


ACADEMY 2022 TRIALS & COST

*Please register for trials by sending an email to


marlborough@mainlandfootball.co.nz  


with players full name, club and date of birth.



BOYS TRIALS: DATE TBC




BOYS 12th Grade Team 9am - 10.30am 

12th Grade players born 2010  

*Dispensations for players born up to 30th Jan 2011 will be accepted to trial


BOYS 13th Grade Team 10.45am - 12.15pm

13th Grade players born 2009


BOYS 14th Grade Team 12.45pm - 2.15pm

14th Grade players born 2008


BOYS 15th Grade Team 2.30pm – 4pm

15th Grade players born 2007


BOYS 16th Grade Team 2.30pm – 4pm

16th Grade players born 2006



ALL TRIALS HELD AT A&P PARK



GIRLS TRIALS: DATE TBC



GIRLS 12th & 13th Grade Team 9.30am - 10.30am 

12th & 13th Grade Girls players born 2010 & 2009  


GIRLS 14th & 15th Grade Team 11am - 12pm

14th & 15th Grade players born 2008 & 2007





COST: $300*(FULL PROGRAMME) (+$59 ACADEMY TOP) *Due 30th May


INCLUDES – WEEKLY TRAININGS (Mondays),


SPECIALIST GK COACHING (for goal keepers),


TEAM ENTRY & TRAVEL  TO STH ISLAND/ACADEMY TOURNAMENT,


AND 4X SCHEDULED GAME DAYS V FC NELSON & NELSON SUBURBS ACADEMIES.


(Fundraising by teams to be done for further tournament costs - accommodation/food)


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2021 Academy and Rep programmes combine...

The new Marlborough Football Academy is part of the Mainland Football / NZ Football Talent Development Programme, providing a regional hub for talent development. 

The academy complements existing club and school football programmes by adding focused training hours with specialist coaching for the most talented players.

The Academy will run through the season, with trials in March, and the first training starting in April, through to the end of the winter season, and ending with entry in to the Sth Island Representative Tournaments in October

Prior to 2021, we ran a Marlborough Rep team programme and a Marlborough based Tasman United Academy.

In 2021 our Academy and Representative team programmes will be combined.

There will no longer be a ‘Tasman United Academy’, and there will no longer be ‘Marlborough Rep teams’,  both programmes will be rebranded to the ‘Marlborough Football Academy’.

Our Academy will cover the age groups of boys 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Grade teams, with player squads of between 13 – 16 players in each age group, and these teams will be our Marlborough representative teams that we invest in and send away to Tier 1 South Island Representative Tournaments in October each year.

We will need to treat the girls teams separately due to lack of numbers in each age group and we will be having combined age squads for the girls to match the South Island tournament age groups of 11th/12th Grade, 13th/14th Grade and 15th – 17th Grade.

This is combining our current rep programme with our Academy, and we will no longer be having separate Marlborough Rep teams for each age group.

This is also in line with future NZ Football plans for regional academies/tournaments for a pathway for the talented players, and it also opens up more opportunities for tournaments for the everyday player and community footballers, that have normally missed out on tournaments in the past due to not being a ‘rep player’, as clubs can enter teams in to Sth Island tier 2 tournaments also.

If 2020 Tasman Club reps has taught us anything, it is that we live in a smaller town where opportunities for all players need to be offered instead of just the few that have trialled for rep teams in the past. 

The Tasman Club Reps we set up last year was a great example of clubs getting involved and hundreds of more kids getting a tournament experience that would not have had one in the past under the old rep model.

Each tournament is set up with tiers to suit the club levels, so club teams can enter in to an ability that best suits their team.

We know we also still need to look after the players that need / want better trainings and something to strive for, and we need to protect our club football competitions from building ‘super teams’ within their club for the local winter season just so they can send them away to South Island tournaments. So our new Academy will offer that and will give those kids the opportunity to play at top level (tier 1), against peers of their own age from other regions – something we know is important to a lot of our previous ‘rep’ players who are wanting to further their footballing.

At 10th and 11th Grade a players development can change rapidly, so we are starting our Academy teams at 12th Grade, so as not to pigeon hole a young 9, 10 or 11 year old into a 'rep' player too early and put other kids off from trialling in future years, as is what has happened in the past.

Clubs will have the opportunity to hold their own club trials for 10th & 11th Grade players and enter their own club teams (multiple teams from each club if they wish) in to the South Island tournaments for Tier 1 or Tier 2 competitions in October.

Clubs are also welcome to enter club teams of any age group 12th Grade and above to the Tier 2 tournaments, but will do this knowing that our Marlborough Football Academy teams for 12th Grade and above, will be entered in to the Tier 1 tournaments.

I am very pleased to announce the Coaching Staff for The Marlborough Football Academy 2021 as per below…


Academy Head Coach

Scott Kennovin


Boys Academy Team Coaches

Pere Hawes

Zeb Foote

Blair Speedy

Harry Pine

Ian Bridgen


Girls Academy Team Coaches

Andrea Smith-Scott

Nicky Smith-Scott

More Girls Coaches to be confirmed as needed.


We need to make it clear that if we don’t get enough players trialling for a particular age group in the Academy (boys or girls), we will not be able to run that age group, and we will also not be holding separate trials for a rep team of that age group… if the commitment is not there for the Academy, we are not investing in rep teams where the same commitment is needed.

If you have any questions regarding the programme, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

General Manager: Andrea Smith-Scott, marlborough@mainlandfootball.co.nz, ph 03 579 2387


ACADEMY 2021 TRIALS & COST

*Please register for trials by sending an email to


marlborough@mainlandfootball.co.nz  


with players full name, club and date of birth.



BOYS TRIALS: Sunday 14th & 21st March




BOYS 12th Grade Team 9am - 10.30am 

12th Grade players born 2009 


BOYS 13th Grade Team 10.45am - 12.15pm

13th Grade players born 2008


BOYS 14th Grade Team 12.45pm - 2.15pm

14th Grade players born 2007


BOYS 15th Grade Team 2.30pm – 4pm

15th Grade players born 2006



ALL TRIALS HELD AT A&P PARK



GIRLS TRIALS: Sunday 11th & 18th April



GIRLS 12th Grade Team 9.30am - 10.30am 

12th Grade Girls players born 2009 


GIRLS 13th - 14th Grade Team 11am - 12pm

13th – 14th Grade players born 2008-2007


GIRLS 15th – 17th Grade Team 1pm – 2pm

15th – 17th Grade players born 2006-2004



*Dispensations for players born up to 30th Jan year after will be accepted to trial




COST: $300*(FULL PROGRAMME) (+$59 ACADEMY TOP) *Due 30th May


INCLUDES – WEEKLY TRAININGS (Mondays),


SPECIALIST GK COACHING (for goal keepers),


TEAM ENTRY & TRAVEL  TO STH ISLAND TOURNAMENTS IN OCTOBER,


AND SCHEDULED GAME DAYS V FC NELSON & NELSON SUBURBS ACADEMIES.


(Fundraising by teams to be done for further tournament costs - accommodation/food)